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portrait

noun por·trait \ ˈpȯr-trət , -ˌtrāt \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of portrait

1 : picture; especially : a pictorial representation of a person usually showing the face
2 : a sculptured figure : bust
3 : a graphic portrayal in words

Examples of portrait in a Sentence

  1. The queen posed for her portrait.

  2. The book presents a portrait of life in a small town.

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Origin and Etymology of portrait

Middle French, from past participle of portraire

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portrait

adjective

Definition of portrait

: of, relating to, or being a document having the vertical dimension longer than the horizontal dimension

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First Known Use of portrait

1560


PORTRAIT Defined for English Language Learners

portrait

noun

Definition of portrait for English Language Learners

  • : a painting, drawing, or photograph of a person that usually only includes the person's head and shoulders

  • : a detailed description of something or someone

  • : a way of printing a page so that the shorter sides are on the top and bottom and the longer sides are on the left and right


PORTRAIT Defined for Kids

portrait

noun por·trait \ ˈpȯr-trət , -ˌtrāt \

Definition of portrait for Students

: a picture of a person usually showing the face


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